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Video Woodworkers I Watch #8: Jack Houweling

12-25-2014 01:39 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

Jack Houweling builds only a few actual projects, but makes a lot of very clever jigs. He is apparently a piano repairer(?), but his videos don’t involve that trade. His earlier videos are a bit raw, not having any narration, but they’ve gotten much better lately. He has some very clever ideas of how to accomplish the tasks he wants to do. Always an educational treat to watch him work. Jacks YouTube channel is here: [link]

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In praise of handscrews

12-25-2014 02:35 AM by Greg Guarino | 2 comments »

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth – and had shop class as a requirement – I had my first exposure to handscrews. The pterodactyls, duckbills and I were taught that they had a long reach and could clamp pieces at odd angles. Fast forward nearly 40 years and I have recently become a novice hobbyist woodworker. My skills and tool complement are still, shall we say, under construction. I was rooting around in my Dad’s garage a couple of years ago and came across two dusty ...

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Loose Tote on my Stanley-Bailey No. 4 Plane

12-24-2014 11:38 PM by Lynn Bradford. | 5 comments »

I might as well try and jump into my first blog entry for you LJs. I’ve been lurking and commenting from time to time. So here we go! I bought this plane off eBay a year Go probably, and right from the beginning, it had a loose tote. Just enough that it had a wiggle to it. I surfed the world over, and found some failed attempts mostly, with a few good ideas as well, and I decided to try a grinder. I removed the screw from the tote, and screwed it back into the socket on the base o...

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Merry Christmas LJ buddies

12-24-2014 09:08 PM by Schwieb | 13 comments »

It’s Christmas Eve. I have been a busy elf in the shop making toys and gifts for family and friends. Most has not been of post worthy projects or maybe I am just lazy. Tonight; however, I am sending out a wish to my woodworking friends around the world, for all the joy with their families that the season can bring and best wishes for a great 2015,

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View Lance's profile

Shop Update #6: A YEAR later - Shop & House Furniture

12-24-2014 06:30 PM by Lance | 9 comments »

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted a video of my shop, so I thought I’d show you how much the shop has changed in a year. Stay for the end where I show some of the furniture I’ve build over the last year. VIDEO Hope you ENJOY! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Lance

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The Shop Environment and How It Affects Our Mood While Working

12-24-2014 05:19 PM by TheWoodenOyster | 5 comments »

I recently have moved to a temporary shop because my wife and I are between houses at the moment, living in an apartment. Moving to a new shop really gave me the chance to compare two very different shop spaces and how they function, as well as how I feel when I am working in them. I have come upon some interesting findings and would like to share them with y’all and see if you agree or disagree and if you have anything you would like to add. As a disclaimer, I was in no way educated in...

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New Shop - from the ground , up. #10: Dust collection help, please? Ridgid TS 3612, Ridgid JP06101, Grrizzly sander G1014Z

12-24-2014 02:48 PM by curliejones | 1 comment »

This is new to me and I’ve searched a bit but not found specifically what I need to know. I have a small dust collector, Jet DC650, bought used and this is my first set up. I have the Ridgid TS 3612 with a dust shroud beneath it. The outlet is 4” diameter but it is stepped as though there should be a hard pipe inserted into it. Kinda reminds me of a plumbing elbow where the pipe would be inserted into it. I also have a Ridgid jointer model JP06101 with a 4” diameter dust out...

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G&G Blanket Chest Build #3: Making the template

12-24-2014 02:22 PM by Ottacat | 1 comment »

One of the interesting differences between Darrell Peart’s and Marc Spagnulo’s finger joint templates is that Darrell makes two templates – one for the back end’s and one for the sides, where Marc makes a single template. One Marc’s single template, one side is used for the back end’s and the other side is used for the sides. The reason Darrell uses two separate templates is that he makes the fingers 1/64” smaller their corresponding mating holes. Thi...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1465: Peace on Earth. Good Will Toward ALL Mankind.

12-24-2014 01:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It is raining on this Christmas Eve morning in Nova Scotia. I understand in Hawaii, it is snowing. Our ever changing world is once again throwing us a curve ball. It seems that just when we (meaning mankind) think we are smart enough to figure things out, nature dishes out something that once again throws us for a loop and knocks us off the pedestals we seem to enjoy placing ourselves upon. Such is the way of the world. I really don't mind not 'knowing' everything.Don't g...

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Galoot BBQ

12-24-2014 12:22 PM by Texcaster | 4 comments »

I’m cooking two roasts to bring to Christmas lunch in town tomorrow and a steak for me now. Ummh…. now! Most of the firewood is blue gum. We’ve been getting a bit rain, this is the first time it’s been safe to have a fire. 20mm stormwater grate. It looks like rain. The rain is starting This guy knows what is important. Merry Christmas all.

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